Borneo Encompassed
16 days from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching
From $ 3159
Duration16 days

Few travel opportunities are as rare or special as the one to really get out there and explore the must-be-seen-to-be-believed nature and wildlife of the island of Borneo. Start at its heights by summiting UNESCO-designated Mt Kinabalu before descending into the mind-blowing caves of Gunung Mulu National Park. Throw in some unconventional cultural moments like drifting along the water by long boat and overnighting in an Iban longhouse of the Malay people and you've got 16 days of adventure that'll remain with you forever.

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  • Duration: 16 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Kota Kinabalu
    Physical Grading: Demanding
  • Ends in: Kuching
    Ages: 12+
Borneo Encompassed - Tour Map

Itinerary

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Day 1: Kota Kinabalu

Start place: Kota Kinabalu

Arrive at any time.

End place: Kota Kinabalu

Day 2: Kota Kinabalu/Mount Kinabalu

Start place: Kota Kinabalu

Travel to the base of Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea.

In the afternoon, stretch your legs by exploring the trails around the park or check out the visitor centre.
Travel to Mt Kinabalu. Opt to hike the nature trails, or enjoy an excursion to Poring hot springs and a canopy walk with some free time.

End place: Mount Kinabalu

Meals: B, D
Day 3: Mount Kinabalu

Start place: Mount Kinabalu

Set off early to begin the ascent up Mt Kinabalu. It is not an easy walk, but it is incredibly rewarding. Willpower is the main requirement as it's uphill all the way!

Spend the night at Laban Rata in basic mountain huts 3,272m (10,735 ft) above sea level.

Turn in early to prepare for the final climb very early in the morning.
Head off to conquer Mt Kinabalu. During the first day's climb to Laban Rata, enjoy a packed lunch on the way. The hike can take from 5-7 hrs. Indulge in a buffet-style dinner then rest up for an early start to summit the mountain in the morning.

End place: Mount Kinabalu

Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Mount Kinabalu/Kota Kinabalu

Start place: Mount Kinabalu

Summit Mt Kinabalu (3-5hrs) and arrive in time for sunrise. Return to Laban Rata for a rest and to the park headquarters for lunch. Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu.

End place: Kota Kinabalu

Meals: B, L
Day 5: Kota Kinabalu/Pulau Tiga

Start place: Kota Kinabalu

After breakfast drive to Kuala Pinyu, then take a boat ride to the tropical island of Pulau Tiga. Opt to go on a jungle walk, snorkelling trip to snake island, or laze on the sandy beach.

End place: Pulau Tiga

Meals: B
Day 6: Pulau Tiga/Beaufort

Start place: Pulau Tiga

Enjoy a relaxing morning. Go snorkelling off the beach or join your CEO for a walk to the natural volcanic mud baths. Travel back to the mainland and spot an array of wildlife from a river cruise on the Klias River. Transfer to the colonial town of Beaufort.

End place: Beaufort

Meals: B, L, D
Day 7: Beaufort

Start place: Beaufort

Catch the local train to Tenom and explore the scenic town. Visit the Murut Cultural Centre before returning on the afternoon train. If you prefer, jump off the train early and opt out of the visit to Tenom to instead get your adrenaline pumping on a rafting tour.

End place: Beaufort

Meals: B, L, D
Day 8: Beaufort to Mulu National Park

Start place: Beaufort

Depart to Menumbok port and take a private speedboat to Labuan. Fly to Miri and make your way to Mulu National Park. Opt for a night walk on the boardwalks surrounding park headquarters.

End place: Gunung Mulu National Park

Meals: B, D
Day 9: Mulu National Park

Start place: Gunung Mulu National Park

Depart on an easy walk along the river to Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave. After a lunch stop, swim in the crystal clear waters emerging from the mountain. Opt to stop at Iban village's morning market to browse handicrafts by the Pena tribe, descendants from headhunters. Walk on the boardwalk to Lang Cave and Deer Cave before relaxing with a drink at the viewing area for the nightly emergence of 3 million bats.

End place: Gunung Mulu National Park

Meals: B, L, D
Day 10: Mulu National Park to Kota Kinabalu

Start place: Gunung Mulu National Park

Before breakfast, opt to go on a two hour morning mist guided walk on the worlds longest tree based canopy walk. Enjoy free time to before boarding a flight to Kota Kinabalu.

End place: Kota Kinabalu

Meals: B
Day 11: Kota Kinabalu/Kuching

Start place: Kota Kinabalu

Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching. Enjoy some free time in the evening.

End place: Kuching

Day 12: Kuching/Bako National Park

Start place: Kuching

Depart Kuching in the morning, passing through mangrove forest before arriving at Bako village. Continue along the coast by motorized boat to reach Bako National Park. Hike through the park and experience amazing plant and wildlife. Be sure to keep an eye out for the proboscis monkey. Return to Kuching in the evening.

End place: Kuching

Meals: B, L
Day 13: Kuching/Batang Ai

Start place: Kuching

Drive through the scenic countryside, passing plantations, rivers, rainforest to reach the Batang Ai jetty, stopping en route to visit a trading town and a local farmhouse. From the jetty transfer via boat to a local Iban longhouse and enjoy a stay with this welcoming community while learning more about their culture.

End place: Batang Ai

Meals: B, L, D
Day 14: Batang Ai

Start place: Batang Ai

Witness a blowpipe demonstration before setting off by longboat for a trip across the lake. Disembark and enjoy a hike through the forest and a local lunch at a scenic locale. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the water before heading to our hotel for the night.

End place: Batang Ai

Meals: B, L
Day 15: Batang Ai/Kuching

Start place: Batang Ai

Return to the jetty by boat and continue overland to Kuching, stopping en route to visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and with some luck spot a wild orangutan passing through.

End place: Kuching

Meals: B, L
Day 16: Kuching

Start place: Kuching

Depart at any time.

End place: Kuching

Meals: B

Inclusions

Included

  • Local Living: Iban Longhouse Homestay, Batang Ai
  • Mt Kinabalu hike (2 days)
  • Deer and Lang caves visit
  • Bat exodus observation
  • Wind and Clearwater caves exploration
  • Rainforest picnic
  • Headhunter Trail trek (2 days)
  • Mud volcano visit and trek (Pulau Tiga)
  • Bako NP excursion
  • Trading town and farm visit
  • Blowpipe demonstration
  • Forest hike and local lunch
  • Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre visit
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Private vehicle, Plane, Longboat, Ferry, Boat, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Hotels (10 nts), Mountain lodge (2 nts, multi-share), Lodge (1 nt), Basic lodge (1 nt, multi-share), Traditional longhouse (1 nt, multi-share)
  • Meals

    14 breakfasts,
    9 lunches,
    7 dinners

Dates & availability: Borneo Encompassed

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Departing Sat, 09/22/2018 Finishing Sun, 10/07/2018 Catalog Price $ 3329 Sale Price $ 3329 -
Departing Sat, 11/03/2018 Finishing Sun, 11/18/2018 Catalog Price $ 3159 Sale Price $ 3159 1 Book
Departing Sat, 12/01/2018 Finishing Sun, 12/16/2018 Catalog Price $ 3159 Sale Price $ 2527 9 Book
Departing Tue, 12/25/2018 Finishing Wed, 01/09/2019 Catalog Price $ 3159 Sale Price $ 3159 4 Book
Departing Sat, 01/26/2019 Finishing Sun, 02/10/2019 Catalog Price $ 3159 Sale Price $ 3159 1 Book

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